The opening phases of FP2 were quite hectic, with the top athlete changing hands five times in the first 15 minutes.
Alex Rins set the benchmark on his Suzuki with 1: 34.050 minutes, which was quickly beaten by Tech3 rookie Iker Lecuona with 1: 33.998 minutes.
FP1 pacesetter, Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales, continued working on the hard rear tire on which he finished the opening session and shot to the top of the ranking with a time of 1: 33.817 minutes – before Pol’s factory KTM Espargaro took the lead with 1:33. 769s.
Quartararo reduced the pace on his Petronas SRT Yamaha to 1: 33.370 minutes, although Joan Mir on the sister Suzuki was even faster with 1: 33.236 minutes.
Rins and Quartararo returned as the session went into the second half, though Vinales re-established himself fastest with a 1: 32.928s with just over 14 minutes remaining on a hard rear tire with 23 laps.
In the closing stages of the session, the timing screens began to glow as much of the field started timing attacks on fresh rubber.
After crashing into Turn 6 with 26 minutes remaining, Brad Binder led his KTM to 1: 32.920 minutes, four minutes from time, to be the fastest of them all.
However, it was short-lived as Morbidelli drove this lap time to 1: 32.367 minutes.
This was threatened by his team-mate Quartararo on his last lap, the Frenchman set the fastest time of the day with 1: 32.189 minutes and finished Friday as the fastest of all.
Morbidelli’s runner-up was not surpassed by Espargaro on the KTM, while Lecuona continued to impress in fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi, who put his 1: 32.732 on the middle rather than the soft tire.
Vinales was moved back to sixth place in the end, with Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci being the best Desmosedici runner in eighth place ahead of Binder and the Styrian GP winner Miguel Oliveira.
Aleix Espargaro even finished third in the last stages on his Aprilia, but finished the session in 10th place and beat Andrea Dovizioso – who apparently has seen more technical dramas – on the sister factory team Ducati by 0.009 seconds.
Neither Suzuki made it into the top 10 of the combined times in 13th and 15th, while Takaaki Nakagami was the fastest Honda rider in 12th on his year-old LCR motorcycle.
The returning Francesco Bagnaia finished 17th on his Pramac Ducati behind his team-mate Jack Miller, while Avintia’s Tito Rabat completed the field.
MotoGP Misano Free Practice 2 results
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha||1m32,189s|
|2||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||0.178s|
|4th||Iker Lecuona||Tech3 KTM||0.486s|
|8th||Brad Binder||KTM||0.731 s|
|9||Miguel Oliveira||Tech3 KTM||0.746s|
|12th||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||0.786s|
|14th||Johann Zarco||Ducati adventure||0.860s|
|16||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||1.179s|
|17th||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Ducati||1.211s|
|20th||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||1.507s|
|22nd||Tito Rabat||Ducati adventure||1.734s|